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A short list promises quick closure for instant mastery with minimal commitment. Even T. E. Lawrence titled his (overwritten and largely misguided best-seller "7 Pillars of Wisdom." Drove me nuts when the Prentice Hall editor kept nagging for chapters subsections with enumerated headings.

"It's the SUBJECT whose treatment counts most," I would argue. "Readers want short lists," she countered. Guess she was right, cuz the first printing sold out and is still re-circulating.

Well, if each person knew everything necessary and everything worked perfectly, most of us would be unemployed. Correction: 9 out of 10 would be out of work.

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